New engravings from Abri du Poisson (Dordogne, France)

L. V. Zotkina, J. J. Cleyet-Merle

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Abstract

The Abri du Poisson rock-shelter is famous for a very realistic and detailed bas-relief of a fish (salmon). Representations of fi sh are quite rare in Paleolithic cave art. Another image present in this rock-shelter is a negative of a hand, made in black pigment (manganese oxide). Also, the National Museum of Prehistory in Les Eyzies de Tayac (Dordogne) owns several blocks of rock, painted red, with relief representations belonging to the Aurignacian levels of Abri du Poisson. Since the early 1900s, studies at that site have focused mostly on the famous representations. The 2016 fi eld study was a preliminary stage in a new project. It focused on a detailed inspection, preceding the traceological analysis of engravings and bas-reliefs. During our examination, new engravings were discovered, and photogrammetry was used for 3D visualization of these. As a result, we have demonstrated that the newly discovered elements are indeed representations, rather than natural lines.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalArchaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • 3D imaging
  • Abri du Poisson
  • Cave art
  • Dordogne
  • France
  • Rock art
  • Rock-shelter
  • Traceology

OECD FOS+WOS

  • 6.01.BI ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 5.09.EN CULTURAL STUDIES
  • 5.04.BF ANTHROPOLOGY

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